G. F. Billingsley
Service no. 10356
Private, Yorkshire Regiment, 2nd Battalion
Died age 24 on 29 September 1918
CWGC: “Son of Mrs. A. H. Handel, of 2 Arlington Mansions, 18A Morat Street, Brixton.”
Remembered at Sucrerie Cemetery, Epinoy, France and on the war shrine at St Michael’s Church, Stockwell Park Road, London 0DA.
George Frederick Billingsley was born on 23 June 1894 at 6 Robert Street, near Regent’s Park in north London and baptised on 10 July 1894 at Holy Trinity, Gray’s Inn Road.
George and his brother Sydney were among six siblings and three half-siblings.
Information from the censuses and other sources
In 1911 Sydney and George Billingsley, both remembered on the Stockwell War Memorial, lived with their mother, stepfather Harry Frank Handel (also remembered on the memorial), sister and half-brother in 2 rooms at 101 Cornwallis Road, Upper Holloway, north London. Harry Handel, at 29 much younger than his wife, was an army pensioner, now working as a cook. He was born in Kennington. Ada Harriett (née Mew), 42, was born in Banstead, Surrey. The couple has a son, Robert Harry Handel, 11 months, born in Highgate, north London. George Frederick Billingsley, 16, worked as an office boy for a publisher. He was born in Holborn. Sydney Walter Billingsley, 13, was born in Kensal Rise, north London. Winifred Kate Billingsley, 9, was born in Highgate.
Billingsley’s father, Alfred Billingsley, was listed in the census as 37, a printer’s machine minder born in St Luke’s. The family lived at 309 Hornsey Road, Islington. He died in 1903 in Islington.